Category Archives: crafts

Easter Wreath and Fabric Eggs

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Easter Wreath:

All items purchased at the dollar store. A wreath, ribbon, artificial foliage and plastic eggs. The only other item need was a glue gun.

I first wrapped the ribbon around the wreath and tacked it down with glue. Second, I pulled apart the foliage from the stems and glued them to the wreath. Lastly I glued eggs in between the foliage.

 

Fabric Eggs:

Items needed are fabric scraps and sewing machine.

I found these on a blog called retro-mama.blogspot.com. There you can see her beautiful photos and a step by step tutorial. Much better than my basic directions. I didn’t use a pattern, just kind of free-handed it. You will cut out four exact pieces in fabric. Lay two pieces right sides together and sew one edge. Add a third piece placing right sides together and sew one edge. Add the fourth piece and do the same. When you sew your last edge, leave a gap. Turn inside out, stuff and hand sew closed.

 

Fun Stuffed Owl

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This was made with some fabric scraps and ric rac.

For the front I sewed together several squares and then cut it into an owl shape. I then cut out a piece of fabric for the back. I used other scraps for the beak, eyes and wings. Then added ric rac on the front and back for a little extra embellishment. Sew right sides togher leaving a gap, turn inside out, stuff and hand sew closed.

Fast, cute and easy! Now my baby says “owl” and “who-who”!

Toddlers Hot Wheels Back Pack & Play Case

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These two I found on the internet, I didn’t have a pattern for either. But I was searching for something my little one could use to bring his Hot Wheels along on the occasional trip to a restaurant. We usually can’t leave the house until he has selected the appropriate selection of cars and trucks. But we really didn’t have a tote his size to put them all in.

For the Play Case I used a green fat square for the main piece of fabric. I eyed the gray fabric and used it to mimic a road. I then made pockets and stitched those down so that cars could be stored in them. I chose another fat square for the outside fabric and attached them by first sewing them right sides together, then turning inside out and top stitching. I added a  strip of fabric on the outside so that when it is rolled up it can be tied.

For the back pack I found an easy tutorial at atsecondstreet.blogspot.com. I couldn’t download the pattern on my ipod and I still had no problems putting this together. I used fat squares but next time I would use a stronger fabric. She also uses D rings but I sewed mine together. And since the fabric I used wasn’t very stiff, I top stitched the entire thing which helped. Again, it was super easy!

 

Watermelon Toes

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I have a serious nail polish collection. I change my color religiously. I’m always looking for creative ways to paint my piggy’s. so why not watermelon’s!!!!

Paint all over color in fushia. Paint a stripe along your tips in a lime green. Then with a darker green, go over the lime. next paint a white stripe between the green and fushia. My white has a skinny long brush for making lines and designs. Take black and pop in a few seeds. Cover with a coat or two of top coat and you’ll have the cutest pigs ever!!

Quick Onesie Applique

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How cute is this!!!! Felt. Onesie. Would you believe I got four onesies for $2 at Marshalls! So price wise this project cost under a dollar!! I hand drew the logo, cut it out in felt and sewed it on! My teenager didn’t even know it was home made until I told him.

I thought about adding a little scrap of fabric in the back as a cape but he’s not really into the cape thing yet. Appliques on onsies – genious!

Hand Made Children’s Apron and Other Kitchen Accessories

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Here are all the goodies I made for my son’s play kitchen. Aprons, chef hat, pot holders, oven mitts and dish towel. (DIY Play kitchen project is nowhere near being completed yet) I even made myself a matching apron. I didn’t have patterns so I used a play apron he already had as a guide and just really winged it.

As far as the unit itself, it basically looks the same but is sanded. I’m still stuck on the colors. The colors I’m choosing from are on the apple and pear fabric in the photos.

Making an Apron out of Overalls

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My boyfriend had a pair of hunting overalls that he didn’t want and he gave them to my older son who didn”t want them either. Since I’ve been

looking for simple sewing projects I thought I’d try to find something to do with this pair of overalls instead of throwing them out. I thought I’d try converting them into a man apron. (nevermind the fact my boyfriend is a chef and never cooks at home and how the thought crossed my mind he may actually cook me a meal because he feels obligated to wear the apron I made him)

I had no idea what I was doing, as usual, but this is what I did and it worked:

I cut the overalls off at the knees. I took a seam ripper and took the seams out all the way up both sides and then the inseam. This makes it two seperate pieces except for the straps at the top. These straps were elastic and I ripped the seams attaching them to the back piece. So now you have two seperate pieces, the front and back. Set aside the back piece and legs that were removed. Lay the front piece down flat and spread it out. Where the inseam was you will need to cut a piece of fabric to fit. I used one of the leg pieces for this. Pin it in place. The elastic straps at the top, I just pinned the two end pieces together. Now you’ll need to cut strips out of the left over leg pieces to attach to the sides so you can tie on your apron.

I sewed the two elastic ends together. I sewed a seam up both sides. I  sewed in the pieced together inseam and then my hem. Finally I sewed the ties and attached them to the sides.

Seriously simple! And super cool that there are already pockets and lucky for me I didn’t have to fool with that.

Valentine’s Day handprint Frame

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I picked up these two white frames at a thrift store for $.99 each. I just loved the design of the frame and knew I could use them for something.

I spray painted the frame red and placed Valentine’s Day scrap book paper in the background. I had my little one do a handprint in red paint and wrote his name and the year on it. I used pink construction paper behind the handprint to give it a little extra something.

Too easy, inexpensive and very precious! I gave this one to my mom!

Cute Valentine’s Day Photo Gifts

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This is such a cute gift idea for Valentine’s Day – especially for Grandparents!!

Wood cubes and frames were purchased at Michael’s for $.99 each. Mod Podge for $3.50 . Scrap book paper I already had. I printed out 5 pictures of my boys together in the sepia tone.

For the frame: I chose a paper I liked and first brushed Mod Podge over the front of the entire frame. I placed the frame on top of the paper, easier than laying the paper on top of the frame. I flipped it over and made sure the paper was smoothed out. I trimmed the edges and also cut the heart out leaving an edge of paper I could fold into the heart cutout. Then you brush the Mod Podge over the entire paper surface. I used three coats.

For the photo cubes: I painted the wooden cubes, then cut my pictures to fit four cubes grouped together. Cut the picture into four squares. Glue a square to each cube and once you have all six sides covered in your photos, Mod Podge the entire cube. It was hard for me to figure the pics out and they are my kids!

My Mother loved them and I have to say I loved them!